11 October 2013
Metinvest Group Avdiivka Coke replaced the rotor turbine air blowers in its coal preparation shop with modern German compressors as part of its modernization program. The new equipment is worth over UAH 2 million.
The new German equipment will ensure stable operation of the plant’s jigging machines, which will improve the quality of clean coal and finished burden, and reduce waste. In addition, each of the new compressors replaces two turbine air blowers, reducing electricity consumption by roughly two times.
“The rotor turbine air blowers were beyond their service life, which made this upgrade necessary,” said Musa Magomedov, Avdiivka Coke’s general director. “We chose the most modern compressors and a responsible supplier so that the modernization improves the stability of the production process and product quality.”
Installation of the new compressors was performed by the plant’s employees without external contractors. The upgraded equipment will be commissioned at the end of October.
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PJSC Avdiivka Coke Plant is Europe’s largest high-tech coking plant. The plant makes 31 types of products. It has customers in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Georgia, Belgium, Tajikistan, Turkey and Egypt. Its key products are blast furnace coke, electrode pitch coke and crude benzene. Avdiivka Coke makes 23% of bulk coke in Ukraine. The plant produced 3.7 million tons of bulk coke (6% moisture content) in 2012. The plant runs eight coke oven batteries, the designed capacity of which is 6.87 Million tons of bulk coke per year. The enterprise is self-sufficient in terms of energy resources including process steam, heat and electricity. Avdiivka Coke produces more than 50% of blast furnace coke with an advanced and environmentally friendly dry quenching process. Avdiivka Coke received a certificate for actively participating in the implementation of environmental policy at the regional level at the “Ecology in an Industrial Region” second international environmental forum by the National Environmental Protection Administration in Donetsk Oblast in 2012. Avdiivka Coke, together with the Shakhtar Football Club opened a football school for children in Avdiivka; the school currently has 60 students.
Metinvest Group is a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies that manages each link in its production chain, from iron ore and coal mining to the production of semi-finished and finished products. The Group's assets are located in Ukraine, Europe and the U.S.A.; its sales network has a presence in all key global markets. The Group's strategic vision is to become the leading vertically integrated steel producer in Europe, deliver sustainable growth and profitability resilient to market cycles, and provide investment returns that are higher than industry benchmarks. The Group's revenue was USD 12.6 billion and its EBITDA margin was 16% in 2012. The major shareholders of Metinvest B.V. (holding company) are SCM Group (71.25%) and Smart-Holding (23.75%), who are partners in management of the company. Metinvest Holding, LLC is Metinvest Group’s management company.